Friday, 4 June 2010
Wednesday, 28 April 2010
Monday, 26 April 2010
Toast to top brew!
Bristol Beer Factory celebrated the flavoursome talents of amateur brewers this week at the official launch party for Bristol Beer Factory’s Visitor Centre in North Street, Bristol.
The inaugural homebrew competition was won by Richard Pool with his ‘Mountain Goat IPA’, a unanimous and very popular choice with the judges. Richard can now look forward to spending a day alongside the Bristol Beer Factory brewers, with the resulting brew sold in local pubs throughout Bristol. Richard will also receive a 72 pint cask of his beer and a meal for two in the Barley Mow.
Second in the competition was Chris Tazewell with his golden brew, ‘EastvilleAU’, with ‘And So To Bedminster’ winning the title of ‘Best named brew’. The award for the best label went to ‘Windmill Pale Ale’, which had a picture of a windmill gaffer-taped onto the bottle.
All 20 competition entrants were invited to the final where, in addition to sampling Bristol Beer Factory ales, they were treated to a fine array of tasty treats on offer from Trethowans Dairy, Mark's Bread, Crumpet Cakes & The Chocolate Tart. Mark Newman bakes his bread on the premises, all using organic flour and sea salt, and has produced a special sourdough featuring Bristol Beer Factory’s Number Seven. Crumpet Cakes is also based at the Visitor Centre, with Becca Luger making her delicious cakes upstairs. Goodies from these local businesses will be available to purchase at the Visitor Centre which will also feature historical brewing displays and brewery tours in addition to sales of Bristol Beer Factory beer and merchandise.
Bristol Beer Factory Production Director, Simon Bartlett, said, “The evening was a great success and we were really fortunate to have had a wide range of quality homebrews to try. The judging panel were impressed with the care and ingenuity which had gone into creating some really interesting beers using all sorts of ingredients including chocolate, coriander, orange peel, ginger and cardamom.”
Head Brewer, Chris Kay, was also full of praise for the entrants ‘The home brew industry is growing increasing popular with people who appreciate the variety and quality of traditional beer, and the art of brewing is such a fascinating process. We wanted to encourage people to take part to gain experience and valuable feedback on their brews but the competition is also a fun way to celebrate the ethos of Real Ale.”
Look out for ‘Mountain Goat IPA’ in Bristol Beer Factory outlets throughout Bristol from June 2010.
Monday, 12 April 2010
So why were we there? One of the days items was pairing wine & beer with cheese, actually having beer and wine compete against each other to find out who was cheeses best friend. Four cheeses had been selected, Matt from Avery's had selected 4 wines and we brought 2 of our beers and 2 Belgians had also been selected for us. The 4 cheeses were, Dorstone, a creamy Goats Cheese rolled in ash, Tunworth, a ripe Camembert style cheese, Stichelton, my favourite blue & Old Demdike, a sheep's cheese similar to a young Manchego.
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Tuesday, 30 March 2010
The event is on the Grain Barge at 8pm on Thursday 1st April, which is the designated FemALE Day, part of Cask Ale Week when we encourage people to try the nations favourite alcoholic beverage. This time last year only 16% of women had tried Cask Ale, but a year later nearly 30% have given it a go, with over 40% continuing to drink it regularly.
Thursday, 25 March 2010
Friday, 19 March 2010
If you haven't already pick up an entry form from the Grain Barge, Barley Mow, Windmill, Tobacco Factory, Brewer's Droop or Highbury Vaults or email email@example.com and bring us 2 bottles of your finest.
This is what the Evening Post think of the competition.
The Grand Final is on April 20th at the opening of our new Visitor's Centre, when the favourite 5 beers will be judged by an esteemed panel of hopheads to compete for Champion HomeBrew of Bristol.
Wednesday, 17 March 2010
Thursday, 11 March 2010
Friday, 5 March 2010
At the end of March the Love Food Festival takes over Brunel's Old Station at Temple Meads Station, Bristol. In conjunction with Mark's Bread and Trethowan's Dairy we will be hosting Beer, Cheese & Bread Tastings on both Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th.
Tuesday, 2 March 2010
Monday, 1 March 2010
Friday, 26 February 2010
At the BBF, (whilst not being great at being told what to do, and when to do it!) we have decided to give the good people of Bristol a couple of Cask Ale treats to show its versatility and hopefully to get you to try some styles of beer you otherwise might not.
Bristol Stout, our Cask Stout that often looks, but doesn't taste, like its come out of a nitro-keg, will be available with a loyalty card. Simply get 3 stamps on your card and get a 4th drink free! This will be available at participating pubs during Cask Ale Week, don't worry you don't have to drink it all in one sitting.
April 1st has been nominated as FemALE day, a day when we encourage women to try some beer. This time last year less than 16% of women had tried cask ale. A year on and that figure has risen to 30%, with many continuing to drink it.
The boys from the BBF will be hosting a Beer and Chocolate Tasting event at the Grain Barge to showcase the different flavours available in cask beer and how they can work with different foods. Limited numbers of tickets will be available for this event on a first come first saved basis.
The tasting starts at 8 o'clock with at least 6 different beer and chocolate combinations for you, for the measly price of £8.
Good news for all the Chocolate lovers! We have finally got round to having some Milk Stout Chocolate Truffles made by Guilberts in Bristol, and need less to say they are delicious.
Pints of the Chocolates will be going on sale very soon from the Grain Barge, our new website and plenty of other places besides.
With Cask Ale Week at the end of March who knows what kind of beery chocolaty fun could be going on!
Monday, 15 February 2010
Some of my favourite meals are slow-roasts, be it lamb, pork or beef and I often marinate and cook with beer as it is such a great tenderiser. I often use Belgian beers that have a sweetness as it can accentuate a lot of the flavours in the meat. There is nothing new or revolutionary about putting beef and stout together, but I was interested to see if the sweetness in the milk stout would work in a similar way.
For my recipe I marinated a brisket of beef in Milk Stout with garlic, thyme and rosemary. The brisket joint was browned in a frying pan with a good glug of olive oil and plenty of salt and pepper. It then joined onions and more garlic in the roasting tin with the beer and more herbs. I roasted at 200C for about 30 mins before reducing the temperature to 130 c and covering the tin. 5 hours later a beautifully tender joint appeared and I made a delicious gravy with the beer, which had lost its sweetness but had a lovely oaty flavour. I served it up with horseradish mash and roasted carrots.
No. 7 with its rounded toffee malt flavour and moorish bitter finish was a great accompaniment to the tender beef.
Friday, 12 February 2010
- 2 bottles of your beer must be submitted to the BBF by April 1st 2010 with a completed entry form.
- Original Gravity no higher than 1055 or an ABV of no more than 5.2%
- All ingredients must be British or replicable in a commercial brew
- Extract or grain mashes are permitted
- Competition entrants must reside or work within 30 miles of the brewery
- There is no limit on the number of entries per person
- Judges will give feedback on all brews entered
- 5 beers will selected for the Final on 20th April to be held at the Visitors Centre at the BBF, to which all entrants will be invited
- The Brewer's Droop Homebrew Shop has generously offered a 10% discount on ingredients bought for the competition
Friday, 29 January 2010
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